Megan Mullally Unearths Epic Lost Photo With Naked Sean Hayes

"I can’t believe we pulled this off."

Will & Grace stars Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes toasted this week’s mid-season return of their Emmy-winning NBC comedy with one helluva #TBT.

The 2006 photograph, which shows a nude Hayes curling up beside a clothed Mullally, pays tribute to John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s iconic 1981 Rolling Stone cover, famously photographed by Annie Leibovitz just hours before Lennon’s death.

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okay this is slightly miraculous. @seanhayes and i took this photo in 2006. #willandgrace had just ended- or so we thought- and i had the idea to do this photo with sean whom i had loved so much and worked so closely with for those eight years. to commemorate our very symbiotic partnership. i had a photo shoot scheduled for something else with the photographer @jackguyphotography, and we tacked it onto the end of that shoot. he sent me a hard copy and then i promptly lost it until TODAY when our assistant in LA unearthed it in the guest room closet. what better way to get y’all’s attention because WILL & GRACE COMES BACK TONIGHT AT 9:30/8:30c @nbcwillandgrace thanks to my friend and partner in crime @seanhayes for doing this photo with me and for being so unbelievably funny, talented, hard-working, and beyond creative. xxo

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“Okay this is slightly miraculous,” Mullally wrote on Instagram, explaining that the shot had been tacked onto the end of her shoot with photographer Jack Guy. Will & Grace had just ended after eight seasons, so the idea behind her intimate pose with Hayes was “to commemorate our very symbiotic partnership.”

Unfortunately, Mullally promptly misplaced the hard copy of the photo—until this week, when her assistant in Los Angeles “unearthed it in the guest room closet.”

Annie Leibovitz

“Thanks to my friend and partner in crime @seanhayes for doing this photo with me and for being so unbelievably funny, talented, hard-working, and beyond creative,” she wrote.

“I can’t believe we pulled this off,” Hayes tweeted. “But we thought we’d share it as a symbol of how far we’ll go for comedy.”

Will & Grace, which ran on NBC for eight seasons from 1998 to 2006, returned in 2017 with all four original leads—Mullally, Hayes, Eric McCormack, and Debra Messing—and became the network’s top-rated comedy.

The revival’s second season, which premiered last October, returned January 31. A third season of the revival has already been confirmed for this fall.

Will & Grace airs Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c on NBC.

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